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Every supremely controlled stylistic element of Zhang Yimou's breathtakingly beautiful "Shadow" is an echo of another, a motif repeated, a pattern recurring in a fractionally different way each time.
This is probably the most stunningly beautiful Zhang has made to date.
Zhang seems more taken with the chichi set decoration than the bodies posed in front of it.
There's romance and melodrama in Shadow, and while it's less emphasized than in Zhang's other wuxia films, it pairs well with the Machiavellian intrigue.
The film's rain-soaked moodiness has genuine gravity and the fight choreography is inventive.
It's a marvel to see auteur Zhang Yimou return with another wuxia epic, over a decade after his last, and approach it in a dazzlingly different way.
Zhang is seriously gifted at combining eye-catching imagery with darkly engaging stories. And this film is packed with sequences that take the breath away.
A beautiful, thrilling return to form.
"Shadow" is an elegant Chinese ink brush painting.
[A] crunching martial arts barn-burner.
The denouement goes on for quite a bit but there are enough surprises to keep Shadow from stretching out for too long.
While it does reach the heights of earlier Zhang, it hits its target and gives audiences a morality play with a brutal sense of humor.
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